Saturday, November 30, 2013

ERT: Hershey -- Part Two

During our day in Hershey, Pennsylvania -- of course Marion and I went to Chocolate World!!
It's a lot more than just a GIGANTIC candy store....
Although -- it is an awesome candy store....
With heart stopping displays of chocolate-everything...
The world famous chocolate bar...with or without almonds...
There's a cafe...
And a bakery...
They have a little ride you can go on (FREE) -- the floor is moving, and Marion is walking over to our bumper car...
As the cars go around, animated figures tell the story of how Milton Hershey started making milk chocolate...
The cow puppets happily sing about their role in providing the delicious MILK...
AND -- every Hershey chocolate bar you buy has a thank you note on the back. This is making it very hard for me to EAT LESS CHOCOLATE. Now it all feels so philanthropic -- there can't be anything better than helping children, right??

SO -- what little known fact surprised me? When I knew we were going to Hershey, I looked up the Milton Hershey School -- and guess what? It is the RICHEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD. Go figure. the school is run by a board of trustees -- and today, the foundation has grown to $6 Billion....
This building is the Jr. High for Milton Hershey School.  Originally built in the 30's -- it was crumbling -- and the Foundation decided to tear it down and make way for a new, more functional building.   But because it sits on the highest hill, and is iconic to the city of Hershey -- the community was upset by the pending change.  So, instead -- the foundation tore down the old building -- then completely rebuilt the new one to look identical to the original...brick by brick.  It has all the latest, modern conveniences and technological updates -- but it looks EXACTLY like it has always looked...
************* It is very appropriate that TODAY -- as you are reading about Milton Hershey -- certainly a hero by any measure -- I get to remind you about Chad Pregracke, the official 2013 CNN HERO. The show will be on Sunday night, on CNN, at 8:00 PM EST...more tomorrow....

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